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Chess Club this Week

Jan 19 - Feb 9

The Club Championship.  Four Rounds of G60+5 with one round a week.  We have two sections, USChess Rated and club rated.  The winners of each section have a shootout on the following week, Feb 16.

Previously ....

5 Jan - Back to the Grind - G15+3 in a 3 round Swiss

Well it wasn't a Swiss we had Quads instead.  Find the results HERE

15 Dec - Casual Chess and Holiday Social

A night of casual chess. and refreshments.  Come on by for a relaxed evening.


3, 10 & 17 Nov – Slower and Colder 3 Rd Swiss

Below are the results form our 3rd Swiss.  Congratulations to Whit and Val for taking the top spot in each of their sections!
G60+5 is a good time control to get into some more serious chess and the games proved that out.  You can also find the USChess Rated results HERE.






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27 Oct – A Club Rated King’s Gambit Accepted Thematic

At the last minute we changed things up a bit to a 4 round G10 event to allow everyone a shot at playing two games each with the white and black piecs.  A good thing too as with 16 players, a 3 round event may not have resulted in a clear winner.

There were some serious fireworks with pieces all over the board, busted pawn structures, and exposed kings.  The resounding opinion was, folks do NOT like playing the Kings Gambit accepted.  Let that sink in, most players in the club don’t like this opening.  Hmmm, what could you do with that information?
 
Not much of a surprise Jim Dempsey, who suggested this thematic night, seemed to fair well by securing a clear second place out of the pack of 16.  Whit managed to end up on top but there were some shaky positions for Whit too.  

Not that we should look at ratings too closely, Sanat managed a 150 point increase in his club rating.  Is he a rising star?  


What We Do

  • The Emmorton Rec.Chess provides an environment where players can improve their game and make some friends. 
  • The Emmorton Rec. Chess Club is open to players of all ages.  
  • We are a club not classes.  While we occasionally provide some informal instruction, it is a good idea to know how to play chess before you join. 
  • We meet most Thursday nights from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Emmorton Rec and Tennis Center. 
    Please stop by and check us out.
  • Rated Quick Chess - About once a month we hold USCF Rated quick chess tournaments.  If you do not have a USCF membership we usually have a non-rated section.  As the cost is low / free, we promise no prizes but often have a small token prize. 
  • Thematic Nights - In the past we have had thematic nights for various openings, gong chess, and bughouse. 
  • Puzzles and Position Analysis - We occasionally review interesting positions, difficult puzzles, and significant games.  
  • If you have any questions or want to be added to our email list, contact us at [email protected]

BONUS - 60 Checkmate in 1 problems for free

Club Registration is NOW OPEN!
You can sign up here!

Thank you to SRC Technologies

SRC Technologies had donated 5 chess clocks as upset prizes to our National Chess Day Tournament! The biggest upset in each round of the rated section will receive a chess clock!. Register NOW!

How to play!

This series of videos explains the rules of the game.  This can get you started.

Ratings List is HERE

The Schedule is HERE

03/04/2022 Round Robin Blitz(ish)

With 2 sections, USChess rated and club rated, each section had an undefeated winner.  W. Weber took top spot in the rated section and J. Dempsey won the club rated section.  
You can find the USChess results here.  

The Club rated results are below.

#

Place

Name

Rtng

Rd 1

Rd 2

Rd 3

Rd 4

Rd 5

Rd 6

Rd 7

Tot

1

1

Jim Dempsey

1361

W7

W3

9

W2

W6

W4

W8

6

2

2

Steve Chalk

1179

W9

W5

6

L1

W3

W8

W7

5

3

3

Jonathan Engbert

unr.

W4

L1

7

W5

L2

W6

W9

4

4

4-7

Komiljon Rahimore

1206

L3

W9

5

L6

W11

L1

W10

3

5

Dylan Burnett

926

W10

L2

4

L3

L7

W11

B---

3

6

Achinthya K

1014

U---

W10

2

W4

L1

L3

W11

3

7

Patrick Engbert

unr.

L1

U---

3

W10

W5

W9

L2

3

8

8

Toby Tran

953

U---

U---

U---

W9

W10

L2

L1

2

9

9 - 11

Jusraj

585

L2

L4

1

L8

B---

L7

L3

1

10

Brian Fox

1134

L5

L6

U---

L7

L8

B---

L4

1

11

Philip Tran

350

U---

U---

U---

B---

L4

L5

L6

1

 

11/4/2021 Blitz and Quick:

Per request, we split the group last week into two parallel tournaments.  Several members asked for a slower time control and we put together a G15, 3 round Swiss.  We also held the advertised G5+2 blitz Swiss and were able to convert it to a double Swiss.  Whit Weber walked a away with another perfect score in the Blitz Double Swiss and Klaus managed a perfect score in the G15 section.  Perhaps these two will go head to head this week.


Results...
G5 Blitz results from 5 March 2020

Jude took first in the unrated section and Siddarth took first in the rated section. Both went undefeated in 5 rounds.  Well done gents. 
You can find the rated section results online here.  http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?202003051822-12698119 
Final standings from the unrated section are below!

Nathan Crisp is the Big Fish in the Little Pond - well not any more

Nathan Crisp, Scott Campbell, Weston Shook and Jude Krasnoff faced off in a G5 blitz playoff after a 4 way tie and the end of 4 rounds of Swiss System pairings.  Nathan went undefeated to take home the prize which gained him a USChess membership and the ability to play in the rated section!  Congratulations to Nathan and welcome to the big pond!

Knights of MD win the ERC Team

Phillip and Isaac combine forces to win the ERC Team Championship.  The Knights of MD beat out two other teams with higher average ratings.  You can find the wall charts on the Facebook page.  

Congratulations to our new Club Champion Whit Weber!

Weber slugged his way through 5 consecutive games with only one draw to seize the Emmorton Recreation Club Championship.  His final shootout against Brain Fox can be found online via our Facebook page.  Fox played well and managed a minor advantage until about move 6 and on move 9 blundered a piece.  That was all the advantage Whit needed to eventually best the unrated section winner.

Also last week we held a parallel event to the Championship Shootout, a G5 Blitz.  Mike Killmound walked unscathed through 5 rounds to secure the top spot.  Sid managed a clear second with 4 – 1 record.  Ronan, Jabbior and Killmond each significantly boost their club ratings. 

Weber and Fox to Win Their Sections in the 2020 Club Championship!

Whit Weber and Brian Fox won their sections in the 2020 Club Championship and the two with shoot it out in a G60+5 match Thursday February 6. 

Fox toped his field with a perfect 4-0 result and Weber was grilled for a half point resulting in a 3-0-1 result.  IN the past the unrated section winner has gone on to win the overall title.  Will Brian manage to repeat this rare event?  

The players will toss for color so the question is, will Weber uncork his standard ope e4 opening and will Fox allow Whit to attempt a Sicilian?

Games, you say you want to see the games?  Well here they are from the rated section!

Cross tables for the Rated Section are HERE.

Here are the results from our Championship Preview from Dec 12 & 19.

The rated section wall chart is on line at the USCF here.

Here is our unrated section.

You can find the games from the rated section here



Black to move, why not … Qxd3

If
1.   ...       Qxd3
2.   Qh4  and Black has few options (note that 3. Rh8 and Qxd8 threaten #
      ...       Qxf1
3.   Kxf1

White to move, find the best move

1.   Rxf8+     Qxf8
2.   Nxf8       Rxf8
If 
2.   ...             Rxe2
3.   Ne6   (threating Qxg7#)
        ...             Rxe6
4.   Qb8 and checkmate is forced.


White to move,
Find the Best Move



1. Bf5 (all other moves allow Black to promote the c pawn)
1... exf5 (Other moves for Black allow both pawns to promote and therefore which results in a draw.)
2. h4 and stalement on the next move.
Sometimes, the best move is to fight for a draw.




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